San Francisco Giants: Checking in on the Arizona Fall League participants
By Jeff Young
Each year, all 30 Major League Baseball teams send some of their top prospects to the Arizona Fall League (AFL). Let’s check in on the San Francisco Giants contingent.
Top prospects Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos were among the players the San Francisco Giants sent to the AFL this season. Both missed time this season due to injuries, so they were sent with the goal of making up for lost time.
The AFL features some of the best prospects in baseball, which means a trip to the AFL can provide invaluable experience on the developmental path.
Teams will often send players set to become eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. A decision will need to be on whether to add those players to the 40-man roster, and AFL experience can be used as another source of evaluation.
Once a player reaches a certain threshold in terms of minor league experience, he becomes eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft. Adding a player to the 40-man roster protects him from being selected by other teams.
With all of that being said, the San Francisco Giants sent a talented group of position player prospects to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions, as well as some intriguing arms:
Bart and Ramos headline this contingent. However, Jalen Miller has been known around prospect circles for a few years now.
On the pitching side, Tristan Beck made a nice debut with the Giants after being acquired from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Mark Melancon at the trade deadline. Not mentioned in the above group is reliever Tyler Schimpf, but he received an invite as well.
The AFL season has been underway for about a month, so let’s check in on how the Giants representatives are doing.